- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A Catholic priest was arrested Wednesday after investigators found more than 500 computer images of child pornography, state police said.

The arrest of the Rev. Felix David Broussard, 50, was announced by state police and the Diocese of Lafayette. A state police news release said Broussard faces 500 counts of pornography involving juveniles.

Broussard was taken to the St. Martin Parish jail, where he was released on $25,000 bond. It was unclear whether he has a lawyer who would comment on his behalf.

The diocese said Broussard was placed on administrative leave. He had been serving the church parish of St. Bernard in Breaux Bridge.

The diocese said it was cooperating in the investigation.



The state police news release said the investigation was launched this month after they received complaints that a computer to which Broussard had access contained images “indicative of child pornography.”

The location of the computer was not made clear. Trooper Brooks David (dah-VEED’) declined to provide that detail. He said the results of the investigation will be turned over to the local district attorney, who will decide what information to release.

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